For immediate release

Release dated: 
November 30, 2011


46 organizations to receive 48 grants; $10.5 million appropriated for grants in 2012 and 2013

ST. PAUL (Dec. 20, 2011) – Just in time for the New Year, the Minnesota Historical Society awarded history and historic preservation grants to dozens of organizations across the state.

The Minnesota Historical Society today announced 46 recipients of 48 Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants of up to $7,000.

The Society also announced the next deadlines for Small and Structured Grants are January 13, 2012, and February 17, 2012. The Grants Manual is available at www.mnhs.org/legacygrants with all applications being accepted only through the Society’s new grants portal at grants.mnhs.org.

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants are made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund with passage of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment by the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008. The amendment supports efforts to preserve Minnesota land, water and legacy, including state history and cultural heritage.

“These latest grants will continue to prepare Minnesota for the bright future of history made possible by these funds. It’s clear that Minnesotans are making thoughtful use of these funds to preserve and make accessible history now and for future generations,” said David Grabitske, manager of outreach services for the Minnesota Historical Society. “The work of history is very people-focused, and people often are most concerned with tomorrow. This cycle is all about how people will use history tomorrow, whether through online access, better use of historic places, or major anniversaries in 2012.”

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grant Recipients: Small and Structured Grants
Each Historical and Cultural Heritage Grant project will preserve and enhance Minnesota’s cultural and historical resources. The grants are awarded according to professional standards and criteria. The latest round of recipients of Small and Structured Grants of up to $7,000 are:

• Becker County, White Earth Reservation Tribal Council, Numa-Ogimaa giigonh, Sturgeon-King of Fish, $3,189.
• Beltrami County, Beltrami County History Center, Rehousing of Photographs and Maps, Manuscript Box Labeling, $4, 978.
• Blue Earth County, Blue Earth County Historical Society, Discover the Dakota Culture and Heritage, $7,000.
• Blue Earth County, Minnesota State University, Mankato – Library Services, Reporter Digitization Project – Minnesota State University, Mankato, $7,000.
• Brown County, Brown County Historical Society, Restoration of Third Floor, $6,350.
• Clay County, Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, New Hjemkomst Exhibit, $6,000.
• Dakota County, City of Inver Grove Heights, Heritage Village Park Interpretive Planning Project, $6,990.
• Dakota County, Dakota County Historical Society, http://www.dakotahistory.org/ 2.0, $6,900.
• Fillmore County, Lanesboro Arts Center, Fixing the Failing Façade, $6,075.
• Freeborn County, Freeborn County, Historical Marker, $2,830.
• Freeborn County, Freeborn County Historical Society, Microfilm Acquisition, $4,409.
• Grant County, Condition Report and Treatment Proposal for the Grant County Courthouse, $6,950.
• Hennepin County, Cedar Lake Park Preservation and Development Association dba Cedar Lake Park Association, Cedar Lake Park Association History Project, $7,000.
• Hennepin County, The Bakken Museum, Dakota Medicinal Plans Garden Phase 2, $7,000.
• Hennepin County, City of Brooklyn Park, Eidem Homestead Traveling Trunk, $7,000.
• Hennepin County, Hennepin History Museum, From Exile to Resettlement: Voices of the Bhutanese in Minnesota, $7,000.
• Hennepin County, Hennepin Medical History Center website, $4,000.
• Hennepin County, Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest, Jewish Mnopedia, $6,660.
• Hennepin County, Lake Street Council, Museum in the Streets: Lake Street, $7,000.
• Hennepin County, The Performance Lab, Videotaping Dance Community’s Oral Histories, $6,650.
• Hennepin County, Seward Neighborhood Group, A History of the Seward Neighborhood, $6,850.
• Hennepin County, Twin Cities Daily Planet, History of Minnesota Theaters 1959-1981, $5,625.
• Hennepin County, University of Minnesota Foundation (University of Minnesota Press), Minnesota Railroads: A Photographic History, 1940-2012, $7,000.
• Houston County, Jefferson Township, History of the Winnebago Valley, $2,000.
• Itasca County, City of Bigfork, Bigfork City Hall Preservation Planning, $7,000.
• Isanti County, Isanti County Historical Society, Detailed Processing of Fire Salvaged Archives, $6,570.
• Jackson County, Regents of the University of Minnesota (Institute for Advanced Study), Oral Histories of Small-scale Food Initiatives in Southwest Minnesota, $6,900.
• Mille Lacs County, City of Onamia, Wiping out Water in the Basement (of Onamia City Hall, listed in the National Register of Historic Places), $6,300.
• Mower County, Mower County Historical Society, K-8 Educational Curriculum Needs Assessment, $5,620.
• Mower County, Mower County Historical Society, Ghost Towns of Mower County Exhibit, $7,000.
• Nicollet County, Nicollet County Historical Society, Commemorating Controversy Lecture Series, $4,000.
• Nicollet County, Nicollet County Historical Society, Acquire an ImageData Microfilm Scanner, $6,999.
• Olmsted County, City of Rochester, Rochester Resource Discovery Plan, $6,280.
• Pipestone County, Pipestone County Historical Society, If Walls Could Talk Walking Tour, $4,376.
• Ramsey County, 1006 Summit Avenue Society, Governor’s Residence Interpretive Plan, $7,000.
• Ramsey County, Maplewood Area Historical Society, Research of Maplewood History Book, $6,745.
• Ramsey County, Minnesota Veterinary Historical Museum, Corridor Exhibit Wall Panels, $3,105.
• Ramsey County, Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State (Civil War Commemoration Task Force), Minnesota Civil War Commemorative Task Force Website, $7,000.
• Ramsey County, Saint Paul Domestic Abuse Intervention Project, What is an Advocate? An Oral History Project, $7,000.
• Redwood County, Redwood Falls Public Library, Microfilm Grant Phase 3, $6,960.
• Renville County, Renville County Historical Society, Bookshelf Request, $1,019.
• Saint Louis County, North Star Foundation of the Mesaba Range Incorporated, The Oral History of Mesaba Co-op Park, $4,700.
• Saint Louis County, St. Louis County Historical Society, Architectural Design Services for Lake Superior Ojibwe Gallery & Adjacent Storage, $7,000.
• Stearns County, Ce Tempoxcalli, Born of Hunger – Research, $7,000.
• Stearns County, Saint John’s Abbey & University, General Preservation Needs Assessment at SJU, $6,046.
• Wabasha County, Wabasha County Historical Society, Reads Landing Schoolhouse Fire Safety and Mitigation Project, $4,920.
• Winona County, Winona State University, General Conservation Assessment and Long Range Preservation Plan, $6,186.
• Wright County, Cokato Historical Society, Akerlund Studio Glass Plate Negative Scanning, Phase IV, $7,000.

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants
The Society received a 2011 legislative appropriation to award a total of $10.5 million in Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants during the 2012 and 2013 fiscal years. The grants provide an unprecedented opportunity for non-profit and educational organizations, government units and tribal organizations to preserve and share the state’s history and cultural heritage.

Grants are available for history and historic preservation projects in three tiers: Small or Structured Grants of $7,000 or less, Mid-Size Grants between $7,001 and $50,000, and Large Grants of more than $50,001. For more information on the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants program, including application deadlines, visit www.mnhs.org/legacygrants.
For more information about other Legacy-funded projects, please visit http://legacy.mnhs.org/.

About the Minnesota Historical Society

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. Its essence is to help illuminate the past as a way to shed light on the future. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing.